DeGeneres claims 4th talkshow host trophy

ABC’s “General Hospital” earned a record 10th trophy for drama series on Friday at the 35th annual Daytime Emmy kudofest.

The long-running Alphabet serial had already set the Daytime Emmy mark for most wins in the category when it bagged its ninth trophy in 2006.

Ellen DeGeneres claimed her fourth consecutive win for talkshow host, but “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” saw its streak of wins since 2004 come to an end as rival syndie “Rachael Ray” prevailed in the entertainment talkshow category.

Syndie “Tyra Banks Show” won in the informative talkshow heat during the ceremony hosted by “The View’s” Sherri Shepherd and “All My Children’s” Cameron Mathison at the Kodak Theater.

Lead drama thesp honors went to two veteran sudser stars, “General Hospital’s” Anthony Geary and Jeanne Cooper of “The Young and the Restless.” It’s the sixth win for Geary and Cooper’s first after nine noms. (Cooper earned a Daytime Emmy lifetime achievement nod in 2004.)

The verdict in the legal show category went to syndie “Cristina’s Court,” hosted by Cristina Perez.

ABC, which telecast Friday’s ceremony, led among nets overall with a total of 14 wins spread between Friday’s ceremony and the June 13 Creative Arts ceremony. CBS was second with 13, followed by syndie programs (11) and PBS (10).

Among programs, ABC’s “One Life to Live” collected the most trophies this year with a total of six, including wins on Friday for writing and directing in a drama series. CBS’ “Guiding Light” and “Ellen DeGeneres” each bagged four Emmys.

“Guiding Light’s” kudos included supporting actress (Gina Tognoni) and younger actor (Tom Pelphrey).

Kristoff St. John of CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” won for supporting actor; Jennifer Landon of CBS’ “As the World Turns” took the younger actress honor.

Lifetime achievement honors went to Regis Philbin, now in his 20th year as host of the syndie ayem strip “Live With Regis and Kelly.”

And the winners are:

DRAMA SERIES
“General Hospital” (ABC)

LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Jeanne Cooper, “The Young and the Restless” (CBS)

LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Anthony Geary, “General Hospital” (ABC)

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Gina Tognoni, “Guiding Light” (CBS)

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Kristoff St. John, “The Young and the Restless” (CBS)

YOUNGER ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Jennifer Landon, “As the World Turns” (CBS)

YOUNG ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Tom Pelphrey, Guiding Light” (CBS)

GAME/AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION SHOW
“Cash Cab” (Discovery Channel)
“Jeopardy!” (Syndicated)
“The Price Is Right” (CBS)

CHILDREN’S SERIES
“Design Squad” (PBS)
“Greatest Inventions with Bill Nye” (Discovery Channel)
“Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild” (Syndicated)
“Postcards from Buster” (PBS)

TALKSHOW/ENTERTAINMENT
“Rachel Ray” (Syndicated)

TALK SHOW/INFORMATIVE
“The Tyra Banks Show” (Syndicated)

LEGAL/COURTROOM PROGRAM
“Cristina’s Court” (Syndicated)

TALKSHOW HOST
Ellen Degeneres, “The Ellen Degeneres Show” (Syndicated)

DRAMA SERIES WRITING TEAM“One Life To Live” (ABC)

DRAMA SERIES DIRECTING TEAM
“One Life to Live” (ABC)

DIRECTING IN A TALK SHOW/MORNING PROGRAM
“The Ellen Degeneres Show” (Syndicated)
“Live with Regis and Kelly” (Syndicated)
“The View” (ABC)

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
Regis Philbin

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